School Newsletter 03.05.2019


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We are a learning community, passionate about providing an International Education,which inspires and encourages learning and intercultural understanding.
We facilitate self-discovery and the development of unique interests, gifts and talents, whilst promoting service learning as a force for good in the world.

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3th May 2019

 School Calendar

Friday 3 – Friday 24 May

D2 IB examination period

Monday 6 May

P 3 Unit based trip

Monday 6 -Tuesday 7 May

P5 Overnight trip

Monday 6 – Wednesday 8 May

Primary Science Festival 15:40 – 16:40 in marquee (See Primary News)

Wednesday 8 May

Under 18 (M4-D1) football tournament at Rota

Friday 10 May

Dream Factory Semi-final (P3 & P4) – 18:00 -20:00 in marquee (See Primary News)

Thursday 16 & Friday 17 May

“The Kids from Fame”- Teatro Juan Luis Galliardo, San Roque

Saturday 25 May

PTA SIS 40th Anniversary Cocktail Party – Finca Monasterio (See Whole School news)

Message from the Head

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week I will keep this section of the newsletter short as there is exciting news that I wish to share with you.  I would like to begin by thanking Dineen Garcia for organizing and the PTA for funding the ‘ONline and ME’ talks. These were well received by students and parents alike. We will be sending data as how to access the parent zone website for your parent resource pack shortly.

Secondly, I would like to alert primary parents to the primary Science Festival that will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week. This event is a staff and student initiated event, by supporting primary students to take part in some practical, hands-on science for a small fee, the team aim to raise funds to send science kits to our partner school in Uganda. For more information about the project, please click here.

And now for the exciting news …

On Thursday 25th April, the local council successfully passed our urban plan. This means that the zoning of the land adjacent to the current school site, which we purchased 3 years ago, has finally been changed from Residential to Educational. Completion of this long process means that we are now able to apply for planning permission for builds that we hope will be completed for September 2020.


Below I share some initial architectural designs that have been created based on feedback from all stakeholders.  I would like to thank the Advisory Panel for collating the views of parents, students and staff members.

The first major project will be the creation of a new Secondary building.  This building will stand at the top of our site, with views over Soto Alto towards the sea. It will be a 3-storey building. The top floor will be at the same level as the road and will have an entrance hall, office spaces, an admissions section and we hope, a fully functional kitchen to enable our design curriculum to include a hands-on approach to learning about food technology. The middle floor will house 10 large, spacious classrooms and a much needed staff room.

The ground floor will house a further 4 large classrooms, some peripatetic music rooms and a large upper school space for our diploma students, with offices for the IB coordinator, university and careers counselors and quiet study spaces for students. This floor will open out onto a multi purpose sports area and a 5-a-side AstroTurf football pitch.



This building will be the first to be built as we expand onto the new site.

Additionally, we will be remodeling the existing Main Building. This will become a primary focused learning environment, with an expanded cantina space. The current administration offices will be replaced and form part of a larger eating space for our community.

The library will be extended to create a more modern and spacious learning environment for all of our learners.

The remaining classrooms will be remodeled for our students in P5 and P6 to create an upper primary learning environment.

The next stage will be to bring boarding on site with a 3-storey building placed to the rear of the theatre. This building will house 110 boarders in double and quadruple ensuite study/ bedrooms. There will be 3 small flats for our boarding supervisors, a nurses’ station and common areas for our boarders to relax. The benefit of having boarding onsite means that our boarders can make full use of all the facilities, with after school and weekend access to the sports pitch, swimming pool, sports hall, library etc.


I hope you enjoy browsing our new creations and share our excitement as we move towards processing planning permissions.

In the next few weeks, we will be asking our architects to create some 3D virtual designs of these buildings. Once these are complete we will aim to create a video, with voiceover, so you can more accurately visualize the projects and discuss them with your children and amongst yourselves.

This is a very exciting stage in the history of our school and will allow us to create even more opportunities for your children at all levels of our school.

Best wishes

Jak Kearney

Sotogrande International Camps

Paula Arqués, leader of the Juniors and Masters programmes at Sotogrande International Camps, shares her experience as a camper and later as a monitor. Read her blog to find out the benefits and advantages of staying at an international camp. More information on this link

Summer Swimming Camp

Looking for swimming lessons for your children this summer? Let them join our Summer Swimming Camp! Running throughout July for 5 to 7-year-olds, the camp offers a perfect solution for beginners right through to advanced swimmers.

For information and to book your place visit the Swimming Camp site and don’t forget to tick the SIS Student box to receive your 5% discount!

Sports Round up


Congratulations to Blanca V. who won the Silver Medal in the Andalucía Pony Championship in Cordoba this weekend after a very exciting jump off for the gold medal.


Marius K. won a big race this week in Lucena (near Cordoba), one of the five races that make up the Andalucian Cup. Marius is currently 2nd overall.

SotoMUN Conference – Would you like to be a sponsor?

Our secondary Model United Nations club will be hosting a conference here in school from 26th– 29th September 2019. During this conference around 100 delegates from different secondary schools, both here on the Costa del Sol and also from other countries, including from some of the other European Inspired schools will come together to debate some current and global real world issues.

Arrangements are already well in hand, and the organizing team would be delighted to hear from any companies or organisations who might be interested to become sponsors.

Please contact for more details.

40th Anniversary party

With only 2 weeks left to get your tickets for the amazing 40th Anniversary Cocktail Party, don’t forget they are easy to buy – so grab some friends and get booking:

  •       online:
  •       from Henry at reception
  •       catch the PTA friendly faces after school at the gate

Apart from great music from the band and DJ, delicious food, 2 hours of FREE drinks and entertainment there will also be a FREE prize giveaway with generous donations from The Sunborn, The Jolly Mile and Foodisiac – to name only a few!

Need a lift? For only 5 for a return coach ticket will get you there and back without any fuss.

Prefer a night away? Finca Monasterillo are offering room + breakfast for only 100!




CALLING ALL MUSICIANS – can you sing or play?

Help us give the party ‘an extra something’ by putting in your own performance. We already have one parent/teacher band committed but would love to have more. We know you’re all hidden gems… Contact Eamonn:

ONline and ME

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the ONline and ME presentation on Monday and to all the students for their time and interest the following day. Parent Zone were fantastic in their approach, engaging with everyone in such a warm way that we all felt very much apart of the same team. I know that many of us took away a higher level of confidence and understanding on how we can approach the changing world of online with our children – of all different and developing ages.

Primary School News


‘Spring’ family workshop

We would like to invite you all to participate in a family workshop called “Spring, what a lovely gift!” on Saturday 4th May from 11:00 to 13:00 at Fundamentals .

To fill our home with smells and flavours of spring, we are going to create, decorate and plant felt plant pot gardens which you can then take home! The workshop will be given by visitors from “HUERTUM”, a Málaga group whose main purpose is to develop agriculture and promote healthy eating in urban areas.

The cost of this activity with materials included is € 30 per family

Please confirm attendance to


Message From Miss Emma Butler

Student Led Conference

Thank you to all the families who came in for our annual Student Led Conferences. These conferences are a requirement of the IB and it is such a wonderful way for parents to see how children are learning in school and also for children to see parents enthusiastically tackling maths problems, discussing perspectives and exploring languages.  During the conference process teachers have an opportunity to join in conversations with families, but also to observe how the students communicate their understanding to parents in this slightly different scenario.  This can give us a lot of insight into how we can best support the children as they move forward.  As always there has been an overwhelmingly positive response from parents, and we recognise that many of you would love to have longer; however the logistics to fit this into one day just makes that impossible.  Thank you parents for your continued support and feedback.  Here are just a few of the reflections.

  Student reflections:

It was fun teaching my mum it was hardest to teach her the weighing because the estimates were very hard to guess for her.”

Me lo he pasado muy bien estando com mi madre y enseñándola lo que hago en clase.”

Parents reflections:

“It’s always wonderful to have a role reversal and to have a better idea of what and how the students are learning. SIS students will lead the way in the amazing way they learn and teach!”

“Me ha parecido muy interesante y acertado ver como trabajan. El que ellos expliquen sus conocimientos y las actividades me parece genial.”

“Muy educativo. It was good to see some of the things they have done recently.”

“It was lovely being a student again! Great to see what the children have been doing at school and my child explained everything perfectly so it was time very well spent.”


EC1-P1 Sports Day

Today EC1-P1 students had a brilliant morning participating in their Sports Day. Well done to all the students who took part. It was great to see so many happy faces. The students really did enjoy taking part in all the different activities and showing off their skills to their parents.

Parent Workshop

On Monday there was a Parent Workshop for the parents of P1 to introduce them to the Reading Eggs programme we run in Primary.  This interactive programme has been proven to accelerate children’s reading, as well as being great fun. Thank you to the parents who came.  We hear that the P1 children are loving using the programme and are collecting lots of eggs already!

P3 Unit Based Trip

P3 went on unit based trip walking along the ecological path along Manilva beach to the port of Duquesa. They observed surrounding examples of physical geography and discussed why people may have settled in these particular areas. They finished the trip, having lots of fun building their own settlements on the beach in small groups.

Science Festival for Primary students

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week we will have our first ever Science Festival from 3:40pm until 4:40pm. There will be inspiring teacher demonstrations incorporating Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics incorporating colour, bangs and fire. There will also be a large variety of fun experiments for the children to carry out supervised by our secondary students. Tickets are 5 Euros per day to raise money to send a Science kit to Uganda, and can be purchased on the day at the entrance to the marquee. Participation is open to all students from EC2 up to P6, although please note EC2 to P2 students must be accompanied by a parent.

Dream Factory Semi-final

Tickets will be on sale at the gate from Friday after school and every morning and afternoon next week!

Emotional Intelligence Workshop

Developing emotional intelligence during childhood helps students to understand, use and manage their own emotions in a positive way. Alberto Ortega Cámara, coach and expert in this area delivered a fun, interactive workshop with our P6 students aimed at giving them the skills to cope with the multitude of changes the teenage years bring.


Secondary School News

Secondary show – The Kids from FAME

HOT OFF THE PRESS!!! Tickets on sale in reception for The Kids from Fame! This sparkling, dynamic show will be great for all ages – both Primary and Secondary. You will sing-a-long to the songs, want to be up on your feet during the dances and love our crazy and touching characterisations for this nostalgic flashback. All delivered with the unforgettable talent of our SIS Secondary school students.


The five-day ELD trip before Easter was packed with activities, visits and entertainments. Given that London is one of the most vibrant cities in the world, was difficult to decide what to see and what to miss out. Each of the students taking part in the trip had their moment of glory when leading the whole group to the next landmark and I have to admit that they were amazingly skillful in navigating the big city jungle. Walking 15k under hail, sleet and rain the first day was fun, and a hot chocolate next to the Tower of London provided some extra energy to walk another 7k before dinner in Chinatown.

 The visit to City University offered a glance of university life, and good information on how to choose the career that suits you best.

As London bristles with shopping opportunities, many of our students seized their chance to buy their favourite brands while others were happily drinking a Starbucks coffee and chatting or eating a super healthy ice-cream. Everyone agreed wholeheartedly that one of the highlights was the West End show Mamma Mia. Even so, the museums we visited were astonishing, and it was difficult to decide which one we liked the most. All in all, an enriching experience to get to know the students outside the class and a fabulous group to travel with. Next destination: New York?


Boarding House News

The Boarders had an awesome first weekend back after the break! We had our biggest every cinema trip to go and see Avengers: Endgame… yes, lots of the students cried! We then really enjoyed the new soft archery set Miss Jade bought on Saturday night, alongside a heated basketball match. Sunday was a more relaxed day with the students enjoying a trip to Sotogrande Port and later on in the evening an ice-cream trip.

We are a learning community, passionate about providing an International Education, which inspires and encourages learning and intercultural understanding. We facilitate self-discovery and the development of unique interests, gifts and talents, whilst promoting service learning as a force for good in the world.

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